Dr David Rampton


LSE Fellow in Global Politics

Email: d.l.rampton@lse.ac.uk|
Office: CON 3.16, Connaught House
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Dr. David Rampton (Ph.D London, 2010) is a Fellow in Global Politics in the Government and IR Departments His research focuses on the biopolitics of nationalism and the governmental interface between nationalist and international state-building projects. He has published articles in edited volumes and in Commonwealth and Comparative Politics. He is currently working on a book manuscript on nationalist hegemony and the politics of identity in colonial and postcolonial Sri Lanka.

Research Interests

His research interests include nationalism studies, international relations, political theory, political violence, security studies, development and conflict, forced migration, South Asian (and specifically Sri Lankan) society and politics.

Teaching Responsibilities

  • GV4A4: From Empire to Globalization


Rampton, David (2012) “In the Wake of Legends... The Significance of Ontological Approaches to the Study of Nationalism.” In: Legends of People, Myths of State: Violence, Intolerance and Political Culture in Sri Lanka and Australia. London: Berghahn, pp. 263-290.

Rampton, David (2011) ''Deeper Hegemony': the Politics of Sinhala Nationalist Authenticity and the Failures of Power-Sharing in Sri Lanka.' Commonwealth and Comparative Politics, 49 (2). pp. 245-273.

Rampton, David (2011) 'Forced Migration Issues in South Asia.' Europa World Year Book, 2011.

Rampton, David (2010) ''Would the Real Dutugemunu Please Stand Up?' The Politics of Sinhala Nationalist Authenticity and Populist Discontent.' In: Goodhand, Jonathan and Korf, Benedikt and Spencer, Jonathan, (eds.), Conflict and Peacebuilding in Sri Lanka Caught in the Peace Trap? Oxon: Routledge. (Routledge Contemporary South Asia Series)

Rampton, David (2009) 'Colonisation, Securitised Development and the Crisis of Civic Identity in Sri Lanka.' In: Pararajasingham, Ana, (ed.), Sri Lanka: 60 Years of 'Independence' and Beyond. Switzerland: Centre for Just Peace and Democracy, pp. 329-359.

Rampton , David and Welikala, Asanga (2005) The Politics of the South. Colombo: The Asia Foundation. (Sri Lanka strategic conflict assessment; No.3)